Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has gone into some depth concerning his current views regarding on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder/striker Ryan Mason. The 18 year old has been used sparingly since the turn of the year and has not completed 90 minutes during 2010, leaving a slight question mark over whether he would complete the season at Huish Park or return to White Hart Lane.
Skiverton admitted that the level of performances that he'd managed to get out of Ryan recently had not compared with his first half of the season, but said that there were circumstances that had affected his performance, and that it shouldn't be forgotten that it was his first full season playing at this level:
"In the first half of this season he's been absolutely magnificent for us. But then little bits of injury and illness have hampered him. But we've got to remember he's only a young boy and he's still learning his game. He's going back to Tottenham (during midweek for Reserve Team matches) and they are saying little bits and pieces about him as well."
Skiverton said that getting the player's professional development right had to be the priority and so he was prepared to treat Mason with kid gloves where necessary and listen to what Spurs had to say:
"With Ryan, we've got to monitor him and we've got to remember it's early on in his career as well and we've got to make sure that the development is right. Tottenham are making sure that the development is right and we're doing our best from our side too. We have been trying to put him in and see where we can play him, but with the way the pitches have been it's not really been conducive to playing with Ryan."
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